As an A.R.R.L. Member, NX3L became an Amateur Radio Operator after starting the process in 1969, however, has been working HF, VHF and Air bands since 1990, compliments of the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, with that being said, if QSO's seem rather disciplined or structured, consider the operating enviorment since the early 90's.
Likewise, ragchews, if any, (again unknown in Mil. Comm. Ops.), may be short, however, a very friendly QSO's to be sure!
Professionally, NX3L is employed by the Boeing Co. as a Logistics / Spares Engineer, supporting the U.S. Army's CH-47 Chinook helicopter, as well as International Military operators located in the U.K., Canada, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Greece, Egypt, the U.A.E., Japan, Singapore and Austraila.
NX3L is currently involved in the following Comm. activies: Chester County ARES / RACES, within the CHESCO. Emergency Operations Center; ThePenn-Del Amateur Radio Club, which administers ARES / RACES within Delaware County; The U.S. Air Force Auxiliary /C.A.P., (Civil Air Patrol) radio network; U.S. Air Force MARS (Military Auxiliary Radio System) radio network; The U.S.Dept. of Homeland Security - "SHARES",(H.F. Shared Resources) radio network; TheU.S. National Weather Service "SKYWARN" Program, and its radio network; The Marpel-Newtown Amateur Radio Club, for fun and technical aspects; The Boeing Aux. Radio Service,for supplimental E-Comm. support at all Boeing sites; Contesting, (without chasing awards); DXing,(likewise, not for wall paper); and Ocasionaly working some CW ops.; finally, Exchange QSL cards,with most of the stations I work (see below in green)
Sorry, I never get involved with "green stamps" or S.A.S.E.'s, regardless, I will mail a QSL card to most of the stations I work, and prefer the same in return, however, if you would rather respond via electronic (eQSL), or the ARRL Incoming QSO Bureau, that would certainly be fine.
The Radio Room is configured with the following comm. equipment:
Back-up equipment for all HF operations; consists of the ICOM IC-746PRO Transceiver, powered by the PS-125 power supply, feeding RF through either the a Gap Challenger DX-III vertical dipole antenna, the TransWorld TW2040 Adventurer vertical dipole, or the Alpha 6-160 J-Pole Zepp. wire (Alpha Delta surge protectors on all three); Antennas and radios are switched via a combination Alpha Delta and Daiwa, four position ant. switches. Back-up Station also employs the ICOM SM-20 Desk Mic, or the Astatic T-UG8 / D-104 Mic., also the SP-21 speaker as well as the Kenwood HS-5 headset.
Primary HF equipment for MARS & SHARES (as AFA3CJ); C.A.P. (as PennCap357); E-Comm., DXing, Contesting, Nets, and all other Amateur activies (as NX3L); consists of the ICOM IC-756PROIII transceiver, complete with International Radio (INRAD) Roofing Filter, likewise, its powered via a second PS-125 power supply, also feeding signals through either the Gap Challenger, the TransWorld Adventurer, or the Alpha J-Pole Zepp, While concurrently, employing another ICOM SM-20 Mic., or the Astatic D-104 Black Special Mic. or the D-104 Silver Eagle Final Edition, (great mic. for DX or pile-ups!), enhancing my audio from the SP-23 external speaker, handsfree comm. is achived with the Arlan Communications Radiosport, RS60CF boom Headset, for CW ops. we utilize the Wm. Nye Viking, Master Straight Key, or the Vibroplex Straight Key (old version, w/ original empossed brass name plate)
RF amplification for the above is provided by the Ameritron ALS-600/S, 600 Watt solid state amplifier, with ARI-500 auto band switching and 12-10 meter mod. kit.
Antenna Tuning Equipment; consists of the LDG AT-600PRO Auto Tuner, for the IC-746PRO, likewise the LDG AT-1000PRO Auto Tuner for the IC-756PROIII,while deploying the ALS-600/S Amp.,orwhile working MARS, C.A.P. and Dept. of H.L.S. SHARES Frequencies.
Primary VHF Equipment; consists of the Yaesu FT-2200 Transceiver, likewise feeding RF through the Gap Challenger antenna.
Secondary VHF Equipment; consists of the Tait T2000-II Transceiver, for all C.A.P. Comm., also resonating through the Gap Challenger as well.
VHF / UHF Hand Held Equipment; consists of one (1) Yaesu FT-411 (2M band ) & four (4) FT-470 dual band transceivers (yes that's 4, their great, easy to program, built like a tank, and not a $50.00 made in China "toy").
Vintage A.M. Equipment; consists of the WWII U.S. Military, Collins AN-ART-13 Transmitter, with a Wells-Gardner BC-348 Receiver, likewise with the original T-17 Mic, HS-33 Headset, and Dyno Power supplies etc. .
Vintage A.M. Hand Held Equipment; consists of the two WWII U.S. Military, BC-611 Transceivers (aka "walkie-talkies") of note,. all the above A.M. equipment is in museum quality condition!!
Vintage F.M. Hand Held Equipment; consists of two post WWII U.S. Military, PRC-6 Transceivers.
Vintage SSB Equipment; consists of a Heath HW-18 Transceiver with Astatic D-104 Mic. .
SWL Equipment; consists of two (2) Heath Mohicans, Grundig Satellit 800 and the Tecsun PL-660 Receiver, all aquiring (when needed) signals from either the Sony AN-1 Vertical or AN-LP1 Loop, active antenna systems.
Aviation Comm. Equipment; consists of two (2) Ten-Tec TT-920 Hand Held Transceivers, a Telex AT-920 Hand Held Transceiver, as well as the Sony ICF-8650 Professional Aircraft Receiver.
SKYWARN Weather Reporting Equiptment; consists of the Davis Insturments Vantage Pro2, Wireless Weather Station, w/ fan asperation, and heated rain collector, with real time data available on line.
Outside of the Amateur Radio Service, NX3L holds membership as a32nd. Degree Master Mason; Knights Templar; Shriner; 4th. Degree Knights of Colunbus; and a 1970 life Member of the National Rifle Association of America.